emWave (formerly Freeze-Framer) for Stress Management and Peak Performance

Just a quick note to sum­ma­rize a num­ber of con­ver­sa­tions we have been hav­ing at a num­ber of hol­i­day parties.

In short, who may ben­e­fit from a biofeed­back-based stress man­age­ment pro­gram? any­one, no mat­ter the age (after 6‑years-old) who wants a more mea­sur­able way to man­age stress and anx­i­ety and per­form at peak lev­els. Our Head Coach, a clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist, lit­er­al­ly men­tioned yes­ter­day that this tool is one of the most use­ful he has ever seen.

We have seen some spe­cif­ic groups ben­e­fit the most, such as stu­dents and school staff, traders and golfers:

A- Stu­dents, teach­ers and school admin­is­tra­tors: Tech­nol­o­gy & Learn­ing mag­a­zine, wide­ly read among school admin­is­tra­tors, pub­lished last month a good arti­cle on it. Read Take a Deep Breath: Biofeed­back soft­ware is help­ing stu­dents calm down for bet­ter test performance.

A quote: “Look for the tech­niques to catch on in more schools. Lagozzi­no (the school prin­ci­pal pro­filed in the arti­cle) is look­ing to train more of his stu­dents. “When I first heard about this, I thought, okay, this is a lit­tle too far out there for me,” he says. “I did­n’t think you could con­trol any of your own phys­i­ol­o­gy and that it would have any impact on your think­ing. [But] it real­ly does.”

B- Traders: Brett Steen­barg­er, the renowned expert in Trad­er Per­for­mance and author of the blog Trader­Feed: Exploit­ing the edge from his­tor­i­cal mar­ket pat­terns, among many things, post­ed a kind note, say­ing: “This is the first biofeed­back appli­ca­tion that I’m aware of that is unique­ly mar­ket­ed to traders. I’ve used biofeed­back to mon­i­tor my body’s lev­el of arousal dur­ing trad­ing and have found it to be quite useful.”

C- Golfers: Lynn Mar­riott and Pia Nils­son, Vot­ed Top 50 Teach­ers 2003–2004, Golf Digest, say that “Effec­tive man­age­ment of the emo­tions in your golf game will not only low­er your scores, but is guar­an­teed to increase your enjoy­ment of the game.”. We just talked to Lydia Covalesky-Siipo­la, a high school girl’s var­si­ty golf coach and for­mer physics teacher, who was intro­duced to the pro­gram at Pia Nilsson’s golf clin­ic and is an enthu­si­as­tic user.

An exam­ple of how the pro­gram works:

Emo­tion­al self-reg­u­la­tion and biofeed­back: Freeze-Framer


Learn about the Freeze-Framer program.


  1. Head Coach on December 28, 2006 at 3:32

    I am very impressed with the Freeze-Framer tech­nol­o­gy for the fol­low­ing reasons:

    1) Research sup­ports the rela­tion­ship between heart rate vari­abil­i­ty (HRV; the mea­sure used by Freeze Framer) and emo­tion­al reg­u­la­tion (see Review of Gen­er­al Psy­chol­o­gy 2006, Vol. 10, No. 3, 229–240).

    2) Emo­tions can either facil­i­tate or inhib­it cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties (brain skills). As the user’s abil­i­ty to reg­u­late emo­tions (as reflect­ed in HRV) increas­es, the abil­i­ty to reg­u­late brain func­tion also increases. 

    3) The Freeze-Framer tech­nol­o­gy is easy to use and affordable.

    4) The Freeze Framer tech­nol­o­gy has built in rein­force­ment. One’s suc­cess at reg­u­lat­ing HRV is imme­di­ate­ly vis­i­ble on the com­put­er. There is vis­cer­al (in the body) rein­force­ment as well — using the pro­gram feels good. “No pain, no gain” does not apply to this training.

  2. Alvaro on December 29, 2006 at 8:27

    Hi Neal,

    Thanks for shar­ing your views. I am also very hap­py we can offer this pro­gram to our mem­bers. Both brain exer­cis­es-which can stim­u­late neu­ron cre­ation and survival‑, and man­ag­ing “bad” stress-which can pre­vent or reduce neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis- are crit­i­cal for brain fitness.

  3. Elona on December 29, 2006 at 5:15

    I love the snowflakes falling. We usu­al­ly have snow this time of year but don’t thid year so it was nice to watch the “snow flakes” falling.

  4. Alvaro on December 30, 2006 at 11:29

    Hi Elona,

    and Hap­py New Year!

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